Our doctors and staff at Tracht, Briskie and Goldberg Pediatric Dentistry take your health very seriously. That is why we continue to monitor the situation regarding the COVID-19 virus.
In order to ensure the safety of our patients and dental team members, we are only seeing patients on an emergency basis as recommended by Governor Whitmer.
Please know that we will continue to monitor developments and will communicate with you as necessary. Please check our Website and Facebook for updates. Thank you and let us know if you have questions.
The Health and safety of our patients and employees has always been our top priority. With that said, we are taking the appropriate preventative measures to address COVID-19 (Coronavirus) as it is making an impact on our communities. Tracht, Briskie and Goldberg Pediatric Dentistry is assuring that our protocols meet or exceed the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and local Health authorities and staying current on this evolving situation. Our hearts go out to all of those who have been affected. For more information on our preventative measures as well as suggestions for patients please review the attached article from the ADA. If you are ill with flu-like symptoms, you should reschedule your appointment. If you are healthy there is no need to cancel your regularly scheduled appointment.
Infection control procedures are actions taken in health care settings to prevent the spread of disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommendations for dental office infection control. Our practice cares about your safety and works hard to prevent the spread of infection. Before you enter the examining room, all surfaces, such as the dental chair, dental light, drawer handles and countertops, have been cleaned and disinfected. Our office covers some equipment with protective covers, which are replaced after each patient.
Non-disposable items like the dental tools are cleaned and sterilized between patients. Disposable dental tools and needles are never reused. Infection control precautions also require all dental staff involved in patient care to use appropriate protective equipment such as gloves, masks, gowns and eyewear when needed. After each patient, disposable gloves and masks are thrown away. Before seeing the next patient, everyone on the treatment team washes their hands and put on a new pair of gloves.
Your well-being is important to your dentist and dental staff. That’s why infection control procedures are in place at our dental office.
What about the new coronavirus?
With so many news stories, it’s understandable to be concerned about the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Please know that the precautions your dentist already takes every day to prevent the spread of infection in his or her practice also helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.
If you or someone you are in close contact with have recently traveled to one of the countries with large outbreaks of COVID-19 (China, Italy, Iran, South Korea) or if you have been exposed to someone else who was diagnosed with COVID-19 or who was quarantined as a precaution, wait 4 weeks until you see your dentist to make sure you have not caught the coronavirus.
If you are healthy, there’s no need to cancel your regularly scheduled dental appointment.
It’s important to know that the majority of people infected with the coronavirus experience flu-like symptoms and then recover. Most people do not develop serious respiratory complications.
Those most at risk of becoming seriously ill are elderly people and those with underlying medical conditions such as diabetes and kidney disease, among others. Children, thus far, have been largely unaffected.
Here are a few things you can do on your own to help keep yourself and those around you healthy:
- Wash your hands frequently, or use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent ethyl alcohol.
- Avoid touching your face, eyes or nose to reduce the spread of germs.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow. Infections like the coronavirus spread through the tiny droplets in coughs and sneezes.
- Stay home if you feel sick. If you have flu-like symptoms or otherwise feel unwell, stay home and rest. Call your dentist to reschedule your appointment for a later date. This will reduce the risk of spreading your illness.
Visit the CDC’s website for the latest information on COVID-19.
Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the safe dental treatment of your child.
Invisalign is giving teens a reason to smile more.
With the amazing advancements in orthodontic treatment and technology, teens no longer have to dread the idea of braces. In fact, our Rochester Hills, MI, pediatric dentists offer Invisalign, a completely clear solution that can close up gaps, fix crowding and give your teen the confidence they need while getting a straighter smile.
Wondering if Invisalign is right for your teen? Below are some FAQs about this popular treatment to help you understand more about it,
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is a revolutionary way to straighten teeth, using clear trays that fit over teeth like a mouthguard. Through advanced 3D imaging and computer technology, we are able to map out the entire treatment process to create aligners that will give you the exact results you want.
What are the benefits of Invisalign?
Invisalign offers some pretty unique benefits including,
- A completely clear treatment that most people won’t even notice
- A set of aligners that fit comfortably and won’t irritate gum tissue
- A removable treatment that allows you to eat what you want and to brush and floss your teeth as you normally do
- Fewer trips to the dentist’s office during your treatment
How long with my Invisalign treatment take?
This will depend on the type of issues you are dealing with and how severe they are. Treatment can last anywhere from 6-18 months. Some teens may see results faster with Invisalign, but the length of treatment with Invisalign is usually comparable to traditional braces.
How often should I wear my aligners?
While being able to remove aligners can be a wonderful advantage of choosing Invisalign treatment, you don’t want to leave your aligners off for too long or you risk having to undergo an even longer treatment than originally planned. A good rule of thumb to follow is if you aren’t eating or drinking something and you aren’t about to brush and floss your teeth then you should be wearing your aligners.
Who is a good candidate for Invisalign?
Each aligner needs to be able to provide just the right amount of pressure to teeth to be able to shift them around. Therefore, the ideal candidate will be an older teen whose teeth have already fully matured. Invisalign is the perfect treatment option for both teens and adults who are dealing with crowding, crookedness, gaps between teeth and common malocclusions such as overbites and underbites.
Does your teen want to feel more confident in their appearance? If so, Invisalign may be the best solution for helping them achieve that perfect smile, and our Rochester Hills, MI, dentists are here to give your child and teen the orthodontic treatment they need. Schedule a consultation today by calling (248) 608-2626.
Getting braces early on could improve your child’s oral health for the long run.
Are you noticing that your child’s teeth are coming in a little crooked or that there are gaps between their teeth? If so, you may be wondering if it’s time to visit one of our Rochester Hills, MI, pediatric dentists for an evaluation. Most children can benefit from an orthodontic consultation around the age of 7. Besides getting a straighter smile, getting braces during childhood can also offer a variety of lesser-known health benefits, too:
Crooked, protruding or misaligned teeth aren’t as efficient at being able to chew food, so your child may experience some difficulties eating certain foods. As a result, this could lead to digestive issues and affect what foods your child does and doesn’t eat, which further impacts their nutrition and could lead to possible nutrient deficiencies. Correcting malocclusions (“bad bites”) will make it easier for your child to enjoy all of their favorite foods.
Prevent Speech Problems
If your child’s teeth are misaligned this can also affect their speech, leading to impairments or impediments such as lisps. By correcting these issues early on we can prevent these impediments from delaying your child’s speech and language development.
Reduce Damage to Teeth
If the upper and lower teeth don’t fit together properly when your child bites down this can end up putting more pressure on certain teeth. Over time, this leads to worn teeth that are weaker and prone to cracks, chips and fractures. One of the best ways to reduce your child’s risk for dental injuries is to place braces to correct their bite.
Reduce Cavity Risk
Teeth that overlap or crowd one another are more challenging to keep clean. While making sure that your child visits their dentist twice a year for cleanings will certainly help, the best way to prevent plaque and tartar buildup (which are responsible for cavities and gum disease) is to fix crooked, misaligned teeth with braces so that your child’s teeth are easier for them to brush and floss properly.
But my child is older than 7. Is it too late for them to get braces?
Absolutely not! While it’s recommended that children visit an orthodontist for a consultation at 7 years old, most dentists won’t start treatment until between the ages of 9-16. Our Rochester Hills, MI, children’s dentist will examine your child’s smile and from there be able to determine when treatment should start. Factors such as the type of treatment and your child’s physiological development will help us determine the best time to start treatment.
Are you looking for a dentist or orthodontist in Rochester Hills, MI, that can treat your child or teen? If so, call Pediatric Dentistry & Associates today at (248) 608-2626 to schedule your child’s first appointment or orthodontic consultation with us.
These days, orthodontic treatment is not just for children. Adults, too, enjoy the many benefits of well-aligned, attractive smiles. At Pediatric Dentistry & Associates Specialists in Rochester Hills, your orthodontist crafts smiles which bite properly, look balanced and help people look their best. Would you like to know how orthodontics can help your smile?
The American Association of Orthodontists recommends a complete orthodontic evaluation for all children by the age of seven. This early intervention helps your Rochester Hills orthodontist see problems before or as they develop. Then, he can leverage the fluidity of the young jaw to move teeth into more functional and attractive positions.
Your Rochester Hills Orthodontist carefully crafts care plans using a variety of appliances (palatal expanders, Invisalign aligners, metal brackets, arch wires, and more). He achieves excellent results comfortably and in as short a time as possible, using the latest in diagnostic, digital imaging, and treatment techniques.
How braces help smiles
Braces help smiles, and their owners, look good and feel great. The benefits of orthodontic correction include:
- Increased confidence when speaking, smiling and laughing in public
- Improved facial symmetry
- Corrected bite, eliminating overbite, underbite, crossbite, openbite, protruding front teeth, gaps, spacing, tooth tipping, tooth rotation, and more
- Teeth which are less crowded and therefore simpler to brush and floss
- Reduced incidence of gum disease and tooth decay
- Fewer oral accidents (chipped teeth or cut lips as examples)
- Elimination of associated headaches and ear pain
- Proper jaw joint function and growth
- Proper eruption of adult teeth
- Creation of adequate space for adult teeth
- Reduction of problems with speech, biting, chewing, and digestion
We'll help you have a great smile
Orthodontics can help you or your child achieve it. To arrange your orthodontic consultation at Pediatric Dentistry & Associates Specialists in Rochester Hills, MI, please call (248) 608-2626.
Of course, the professional team also offers a wide range of preventive care and restorative dentistry, too. Whatever dental needs your family has, we can fulfill them all in one comfortable, friendly office.
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